You had a good run, Claude, but I suppose it had to end. After nine and a half years of service, Claude Julien was fired as head coach of the Boston Bruins and rumors are beginning to swirl as to who can replace the Stanley Cup-winning coach.
It is clear that Bruins‘ management wasn’t delighted with the way the team was heading in, with only 58 points after 55 matches, but what’s not very clear is precisely what they anticipated. Almost everybody predicted that the B’s would be a group to the outside looking in and it seemed all but certain Julien would be relieved of his post at the conclusion of the season. The impatience of the new NHL, however, reared its ugly head once again and among the greatest coaches in the league is now looking for work — that I’m sure he’ll see in short order. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Bruins since it was unlikely they would confront much backlash from the general public and the media together with the Patriots celebrating their most recent Super Bowl win with a parade in downtown Boston at the exact same time the Bruins declared the shooting.
BetOnline has set lines on who will end up the upcoming full-time trainer of the First Six team from Massachusetts and there are some familiar names near the top of the list. With former Panthers seat boss Gerard Gallant coming in at +200 and the recently fired Ken Hitchcock being offered at +400.
Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will take over head coaching duties in the interim and he’s the current favorite to take over the fulltime job with +160 odds. Before he had been promoted to the club at the start of the 2016-17 year, Cassidy served as the head coach of the Bruins‘ AHL affiliate in Providence for five decades. It’s likely the Bruins‘ management has been grooming the Ottawa, Ontario native for the big job so it makes a lot of feel he’s the favorite.
With groups like the Penguins, Blues, Panthers and the Islanders all using this method using their recent fulltime head coach hirings, I could observe the Bruins doing the same thing. I’m unsure what it requires to keep a job as a head coach in the NHL anymore however when Claude Julien does not have it, nobody does.
Here’s the entire list of Future full-time head coaches to the Bruins offered at BetOnline:

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